Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Warrior Poet

In the last twelve years I haven't seen one movie that rivals the cinematic perfection, storytelling excellence, or adrenaline drip of action and dialogue of Braveheart. We may never see another like it either. Some films in the genre make the attempt at epic (I'm thinking of Lord of the Rings, recent iterations of Star Wars, Alexander, or 300) and corrupt the effort with distracting use of CGI or bloodsport entirely collateral to the story arc. Others make the equally imporant attempt at a unifying narrative (now I'm thinking of Last Samurai, Gladiator, Batman Begins, or the Kill Bill volumes) and fall well short of being compelling. The film could be rereleased next week, next year, or next generation and still be #1 at the box.

Gibson's a bigoted narcissist. I get that. But, come on, William Wallace is a household name now. It was his ability to deliver a performance for the ages and an enduring classic that we'll always return to that will keep me hoping for a philosophical rebirth of the only anti Semite occupying a place in my heart.

In that vein, think you can top this effort from two years back?

Happy Halloween all!


At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of us is perfect and while some act out in bigoted ways, others are no more pure just because their darker sides are better hidden. Gibson's performance in Braveheart has yet to be rivalled and in a way i'm grateful to be reminded of his humanness (albeit in an sad way) to reaffirm that we are all capable of immeasurable good and immeasurable evil. We all fall short, which is why those glimpses of true honour (as seen in Braveheart) light a spark in our heart and make us hungry for true justice and valour.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger YLS3L said...

Well said.


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